Health Card

On this page you will find information about the Portuguese health card. Foreigners living in Portugal have the right to access the public health system. To do so, they must register with the relevant Health Centre in their area of residence and obtain their health identification number.

General considerations

Any foreign citizen with legal residence in Portugal can request the health identification number to have access to the services of the public health care units of the National Health Service. Although the person is required to have legal residence in Portugal, it is possible to request this number before the residence permit is obtained (for more information on residence permit – here).

As a general rule, this user number is requested at the competent Health Centre in your area of residence. However, due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, this health number is currently requested by e-mail.

People with a Citizen’s Card do not need to ask for a health number, because this number is already indicated on the Citizen’s Card.


In order for us to assist you in applying for your health card, you will need to provide us with the following documents:

– Identification document (citizen’s card, passport, etc.);

– Portuguese tax number;

– Legal residence permit in Portuguese territory (or in case it is pending issue, the proof of appointment at the Foreigner and Border Services or the proof of the application submitted) or Certificate of European Union Citizen (for more information about this certificate, please see here).

Our Fees

Fees are subject to VAT at the rate of 23% (due on the top of the fee amount). For more information on how to contract our services – here.


For obtaining online the health card number

EUR 50


For accompanying you to the Health Centre

EUR 100. If the competent Health Centre is outside the 3 major urban areas – Lisbon, Oporto or the Algarve – the amount of our fees will be reviewed in accordance with the required travel.

Time required to complete

Currently, since the application for the health card number is made online, it is taking a few months to issue it. However, the period of delay depends on the Health Centre of the area of residence of the person applying for the number.

Contact us

We are happy to answer your questions and make your journey in Portugal a pleasant one.

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